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God, which is your reasonable service. And be not' conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I fay, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think, of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure os Faith. § For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the fame office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. S. Luke 2. 41.
NOW his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast os the passover. X And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, aster the custom os the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they supposing him to have been in the company, went a days journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days * they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them ques
$ For as tve have many Members &e. St. Paul in And vjhen be tvas twelve Tears old, £jfr. Observe this passage compares the Christian Church, to the au- here the care which our Lord's reputed Parerts tec k to man Body, in which, as he fays elsewhere, Christ re- instfl into his Mind an early regard for Religion, acsembles the Head, as he is the Head of the Cbufcb.— cording to the precepts of the Law of Mosti, Exod. Therefore as all parts of the human Body, whether xxiv. Deut.xvi. 16. How much is it tobe wished high or low, whether more or less active or honourable, that all Parents would learn from this Exan pie to bring still bear a relation to each other, and are united under up their Childrenin the nurture and admonition of the one Head: So is it in the Christian Church; in which Lord; not only by instructing them in words, but also though some are placedin higher, some in lower stations leading them by their own practice, in the discharge of life, some have greater or lesser abilities .than others; of their duty.
yet each is related to the whole, and mould consider, • They found him in the Tmple, &c. It seems as if that, whatever advantages he enjoys above the rest, Jesus had presented himself to the Doctors to be catethey are the gift of God: and are therefore so far chised: and probably took occasion at this Time^oUom being a reason for Pride, that they call for so much destly to correct some of the Errors which hod then rhe greater diligence, and activity in the employment crept into the Jewish Church. Hence he might jSistly of them for the benefit of others. be said to bt about his Father's Bujincfs.
tions. And all that heard him, were astonished iat - his understanding and answers. And when they saw hirn^ they f\vere< amazed'i and his mother said-unto Jiim> Son, why hast thou thus ;dealt wirii us ?• behold, thy; father and il have sought thee'lbrrowing.-: -Arid he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me<? wTist ye not that I must be about my Fathers business? -And they understood notthis faying which he spake unto them. 'And he Weiii tflorvvri witji them, and came to,,NaZ$£ethr f an<i W«s-;stfbject.*inft> them': but his mother kept all th^se sayings in her heart*' And Jelus increased in wisdom and stature, and in savour with God and man. c" * The second Sunday after the Epiphany. V rio\"> v~ 'Yh*\Ci>Uen:. ^"W-q n;l \7 O 7AT
ALmighty and everlasting G6dy who dost govern all things ui heaven ahd earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. • • - iiC J ^Jr.t.t A
^•%%e-£pi/Me: Rom. 12. 6.—■ .*i V; ;; •
}T_TAving then gifts, differing according to the grace that is J. JL given to* us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, tm- exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity ; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with chearsulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to
• 1 Paraphrase on the Collect for the second Sunday after the Epiphany. I A11 powerful and eternal God, who rukst over 'all which is superior to all worldly Comforts, through'Jesus Things visible and invisible, graciously hear our Pray- Christ our Lord. , .: as, and give us, through Life, that peace of Mind
s gion, is that which is most worthy of our purluit in
t Aud ivas subject unto them, &e. If the Saviour of Worid r
the World paid a dutiful obedience to those who were j R' G;. ^#„- fcfr. This is an Exonly liis reputed Parents: how much stronger an obh- hortation £ such M are Membcrs of lhe christian gation lies upon us to be subject to those from whom churchj not t0 envy ^ofe.xvho are placed in stations under Heaven we derive our being and support. above thcm> n0s .despise those w]lo ^ beW them .
• Let us observe here that it is of God's Mercies in but for each, according to hi> abilities, faithfully and
Christ Jesus that our Petitions are heard: and that the diligently to discharge the office appointed him for
Peace of Miml which flows from \hc practice, of Reti-. the benefit of those whom it concerns*
another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one anothert not slothful in business j fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; % continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. joice with therm that do rejoice, and weep with them that hveepl Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men os low estate. _ \ \
The Gospel. S. John 2. 1.
AN D the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus faith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus faith unto her, % Woman what have I to do with thee? mine hour is- not yet come. His mother faith unto the servants, Whatsoever he faith unto you, do it. And there were set there six water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus faith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he faith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the Governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the waterthat was made wine, and knew not
X Continuing instant in Prayer, c5V. This does not for cur Fellow Creatures, as will make us partake in:
signify, that we must be continually praying, so as to some measure in their Joys and Sorrows, and induce us,
r.tgkct every other employment: but that according according to our abilities to promote their welfare, to Out Saviour's parable of the importunate Widow, we % Woman -what have I to do with thee.? The word,
are not to be diicouraged if our Petitions are not heard Woman seems to be a very harsh expression, according'
so soon as we might desire; but constantly to persevere to our Translation: But the word In the Original ap
ia our supplications to God for assistance; he being pears to have been made use of amongst the Greeks as
sometimes pleased to defer answering our Requests, in a term of honour and respect. And What have J lo
crder to increase in us a fense of his benefits, and of do iuith thrt might have been translated in a milder
our dependence upon him. manner, What hast thou to-do viith me f which carries
\ Rejoice •with them, (Jt. This is one instance among in it a gentle Reproof indeed, and signifies that she
many, how excellently Christianity is adapted to human acted improperly, in attempting todiicst him in the
Nature: fince it is not designed to root out the passions, duties of his Ministry: but it is plain, from the or
hnt to regulate them; it does not recommend to us a der which Ihe gave to the Servants, that me did not
Aorical insensibility, and unconcern about the affairs interpret it as a mark of disrespect, of others, but such a benevolent sympathy and regard
whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. *"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him.
% The third Sunday aster the Epiphany.
"*' The ColleSl.
ALmighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epijile. Rom. 12. 16.
BE not wife in your own conceits. Recompense to no man . evil for evil, -f Provide things honest in the fight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, faith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: || for in so doing thou shalt heap
Paraphrase on the ColleSt for the third Sunday after the Epiphany... Most mighty and eternal God, have pity upon die gers to which we ate exposed; for the sake of Jesus Infirmities and Weakness of our Nature; and assist and Christ our Lord, preserve us by thy power in all the wants and dan
* This beginning of Miracles, &c. Tho' our Lord's, that we have fulfilled this Precept merely by perform
furnisliing Wine on this occasion by Miracle shews ing the duties of justice in our dealings with Mankind:
that a chearful use of God's Creatures, within the but we must be careful also to act with such decency and
bounds of reasw and moderation, is lawful; yet we are discretion in general, (as the original signifies) that'
by no means to suppose, from the quantity, that it was they who are no Friends to Religion, may not take
intended to promote intemperance; but probably as occasion from our Conduct to speak evil of our pro
a provision for the future occasions of the new married session.
couple: Jesos thus modestly, tho' miraculously making || For tn so doing thou Jhah heap, l£c. Thisexpres
them a present. sion is evidently taken from Prov. xxv. 21. 22. and is
J We are hence taught to trust that God will deal an allusion to the practice of Artificers in preparing
mercifully with such Infirmities as cleave to our Nature; their Metals. For as by heaping Coals of Fire upon'
and to look upon him as our only Refuge and Pro- them they make them yield aud relent, and thereby ren
tection. der them more apt to be formed for the purposes they
t Provide Things honest, £s*c We are not to suppose are designed for: so by shewing acts of Kindness and 5 coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 8. i.
WHen he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, faying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus faith unto him. § See thou tell no man, but go thy way, mew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and faying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus faith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou fhouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant mall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I fay unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said unto them that followed, Verily, I fay unto you, || I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel, f And I say unto you, that many mall come from the east anil west, and lhall sit down with Abraham, and Ifaac,and Jacob,
Charity- to onr Enemies in their necessity, we shall take it was wrought, before he had passed Judgement
die most effectual means to melt than down into Re- upon it, he might have refused to pronounce the Man
pentance, Goodwill and Affection. A victory this far clean.
superior to the conquest of Kingdoms. |l / have not sound so great Faith, tsc. The Ccntu
$ See thou tell no Man, He. The general reason why rion's Faith was remarkable in that he supposed that
Ms Lord on this, as well as several other occasions, gave Diseases of all kinds were as much subject to Christ"
such an order, might be lest the fame of his Miracles command, tho' at a distance, as his Soldiers were to
being made too public, the People should take him by him.
force, and make him a King; and their Rulers be there t And 1 say unto you, that many, ilfe. This is a
by provoked to cut him off, before he had fulfilled the Prophecy that the Gentiles should shortly be called to
course of his Ministry. But with respect to the Leper partake in the Blessings and Privileges of the Gospel:
he might perhaps order him to keep his Cure private, whilst the Jews, who boasted themselves to be God's
till according to the Law, he had shewn himself to the peculiar People, should through their Unbelief, be
Priest. Bacause, had the Priest known by what means rejected.